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 A close encounter with a humpback whale

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WHOI researchers had a close encounter with this humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae)during an expedition on Stellwagen Bank, off the coast ofMassachusetts. Biologists have been tagging humpbacks and right whaleswith short-term radio tags (lasting 1-3 hours before falling off) inorder to monitor their dives and behavior and how it related to waterconditions and the amount of food in the water. (Photo by Melissa Patrician, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)


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